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Pension Board Assures Hitch-Free Audit

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The Chairman, Military Pensions Board, AVM Muhammed Dabo, has allayed fears of any mishap in the forthcoming military pension verification exercise scheduled to hold in designated centres between October 6 and October 20.
Dabo said this in Abuja recently while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming verification exercise for military pensioners in and outside Nigeria.
He solicited the cooperation of pensioners as adequate measures have been adopted by stakeholders to ensure a hitch free exercise.
The objective, he explained, was to improve on the administration of military pension in the country.
“It will help decentralise the exercise and at each centre you have two biometric capturing machines that would be done simultaneously; it will reduce the time spent and the crowd and we believe it will go a long way in checking some of these incidences of stampede or sleeping outside without any protection.
“Adequate security measures have been taken in various centres and we believe and pray that this exercise will be hitch free and we don’t envisage any bad incidence as it use to happen in the past.
“Those who are sick, we have made provision for the various team leaders, those who are hospitalise, to go to the various hospitals and get them verified even in their hospital beds.’’
According to him, the 2015 biometric verification will also make the exercise less cumbersome even as the population will become more controllable during the process.
He said the exercise had been designed for the convenience of the pensioners with specific dates allotted according to their rank brackets.
“Private to Lance Corporal and their equivalent in the Navy and the Air Force will start from 6 to 9 of October, 2015. Corporal to Sergeant and their equivalent in the other services, their verification exercise will take place from 10 to 13 of October, 2015
“Staff Sergeant to Warrant Officers and their equivalent from the other services, is from 14 to 15 of October, 2015.
“While Second Lieutenant to Captain and their equivalent in other services, their date for the verification exercise is 16 of October, 2015 all across the country; Majors to Colonels and their equivalent in other services is on the 17 of October, 2015.
“Brigadier Generals and above and their equivalent from the other services is on the 18 of October.
“While critically ill and hospitalised pensioners who will be unavoidably absent on the above stipulated dates will have 19 and 20 October, 2015; also all absentees from these dates are free to come to be verified on 19 and 20 October, 2015.’’
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr Ismaila Aliyu, said that the Federal Government had taken adequate steps to reform military pension administration in the country.
He said the era of short-changing government was over as steps would be taken to account for money paid to all military pensioners in the country.

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Western Marine Command Intensifies Anti-Smuggling Operations … Intercepts N8.75m Worth PMS

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For officers and men of the Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the battle is not over until smuggling is over.
In the wake of Wednesday May, 8, 2024, the ever vigilant officers, acting on a tip-off, intercepted 177 sacks and 61 kegs of 25 litres containing petroleum products, valued at about N8.750,000million.
The items were intercepted along Isalu Creek, Badagry Waterway en-route Benin Republic.
While briefing newsmen, the Command’s Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Paul Bamisaiye, said: “This seizure is most economically significant to the Command at this period of scarcity of Petroleum Products, especially Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in our cities, and shows the anticipatory posture in our response to economic saboteurs.
“At about 2:330hrs on Wednesday 8th May 2024, while on joint patrol by teams in the Command, credible intelligence was received of the movement of 2 boats laden with what was suspected to be petroleum products concealed in sacks. Upon receipt of the information, the team moved into Isalu creeks, Badagry waterway.
“On sighting the approach of the Officers, the smugglers took to their heels through the shore of the Creek. The loaded boats were then towed to the station at Badagry where preliminary examination was conducted and transferred to Western Marine Command Headquarters, Ibafon, Apapa, Lagos.
“Careful examination at the Command Headquarters revealed that the arrest was found to contain One Hundred and Seventy Seven (177) Sacks and Sixty One (61) Kegs of 25 Litres Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) containing Twelve Thousand Five Hundred (12,500) Liters with a total Duty Paid Value standing at Eight Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N8,750,000) only”.
Bamisaiye noted that the action of the smugglers is a contravention of Section 245 & 254 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 which the service, through Western Marine Command, is responsible for enforcing.
“The Command, under the leadership of Compt. PK Bamisaiye, is poised more than ever to rid the waterways of all acts of smuggling and economy sabotage for the benefit of the growth of economy of Nigeria”, he said
Bamisaiye said so far, no suspect was arrested in the Command’s anti-smuggling operations.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Illegal PMS Trading Booms In Lagos

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Petroleum products  being sought by motorists have disappeared from virtually all filling stations within Lagos and its environs, but are now booming in business in retail outlets.
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that while the product could not be got at some of the petrol service stations, activities are in top gear in the local retail outlets where the price has gone beyond the reach of users.
It was also gathered that in some filling stations supplied with the products, preference are often given to retail outlet operators by petrol attendants against the consuming public.
A source, directly involved in the business, said some petrol dealers are cashing on the irregular supply to divert the products to retail outlets where they could easily make their gains.
It was also gathered that some sales representatives in the service of major oil marketing firms indulged in the diversion exercise because of their personal interest.
At the retail outlets a liter goes for N950,00 against the normal N760,to N800 at some stations.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Customs Board Appoints Five DCGs, Eight ACGs

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The Nigeria Customs Service Board (NCSB) has confirmed the appointment of five Deputy Comptroller-Generals (DCGs) and eight Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) of Customs during its 59th regular meeting.
The meeting, chaired by the Honorable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, was held at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja last Tuesday.
National Public Relations Officer of the Service, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, gave details of the confirmed appointments as: O.O. Peters (DCG /Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (rtd); B.M. Jibo (DCG Enforcement Inspection & Investigation); and B.U. Nwanfor (DCG Excise, Free Trade Zone & Industrial Incentives).
Others are: S.A. Bomia (DCG, Commander Training and Doctrine Command); and C.K. Niagwan (DCG, Tariff & Trade).
The Assistant Comptrollers General (ACGs) are: B. Imam (ACG Board); A.A.S. Oloyede (ACG, Trade & Tariff); S.K. Dangaldima (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘B’); A. Abdul Azeez (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘D’); S.A. Yusuf (ACG, Human Resource Development); N.P. Umoh (ACG, Training and Doctrine Command); C.O. Obih (ACG/Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘C’); and S. Chiroma (ACG, Strategic Research and Policy).
The new appointments, according to the statement, were made to fill the vacancies created by some senior officers who recently retired from the Service, noting that the principles of federal character, seniority and merit guided the appointments approved by the board.
“These appointments are a testament to the officers’ exemplary services and dedication to the Nigeria Customs Service. The NCSB remains committed to providing strategic leadership to ensure effective and efficient service delivery for optimum performance”, he said.
While thanking the retired members of the management for their meritorious services, the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, congratulated the newly confirmed officers and charged them to redouble their efforts to ensure the service attains greater heights in its mandates of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation amongst others.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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